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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 12, 2011 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cape Cod Dancin > Franklins > The Other One 10/27/79

Dancing in the Street is an iconic song of the 1960s that took on deeper meaning as movements against segregation and the Vietnam War coalesced later in the decade. By the late 60s it was a protest song. And during that era more often than not they knocked it out of the park.

Martha-vandellas-dancing-street.jpg


This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2011-12-12 16:29:26

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Poster: Juan Peligro Date: Dec 12, 2011 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cape Cod Dancin > Franklins > The Other One 10/27/79

Righteous picture Bro. !

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 12, 2011 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cape Cod Dancin > Franklins > The Other One 10/27/79

Hey S&R, til reading your post, I didn't know just how impt it became to Black community activists. Nonetheless, the straight up lyrics are pure pop. I wasn't refering to what it became, but the motivation of the writing/original contribution in 64:

"Dancing in the street had two meanings. The first is the one Martha Reeves asserted to reporters in England. The British press aggravated Reeves when someone put a microphone in her face and asked her if she was a militant leader. The British journalist wanted to know if Reeves agreed, as many people had claimed, that 'Dancing in the Street' was a call to riot. To Reeves, the query was patently absurd. 'My Lord, it was a party song,' she remarked in retrospect" (Smith 221)..."

Nonetheless, interesting reading (above just Wiki).

Thx,

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 12, 2011 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dancing in the Street as a protest song

For all I know the Dead played it as nothing more than a party song, but it does seem more than coincidental that the 5/6/70 show at Kresge Plaza opens with a big Dancin.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-06.sbd.gmb.95817.flac24

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 12, 2011 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dancing in the Street as a protest song

Good pt...with them you never knew if it's a "screw it! have fun anyhow!" notion, or (as they did in latter yrs) also a "make a statement on an issue, even if indirectly" (if that makes sense).

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 12, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dancing in the Street as a protest song

as if they were all of one collective mind on any given subject at the same time...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 13, 2011 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dancing in the Street as a protest song

They sound pretty tight and together on this Other One.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-04-28.sbd.miller.106099.flac16